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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS): the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)
On July 22nd, 2004 President Bush signed Executive Order 13347 to strengthen emergency preparedness with respect to individuals with disabilities. This Executive Order directs the federal government to address the safety and security needs of people with disabilities in emergency situations including natural and man-made disasters. To this end, the Executive also created an Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities (ICC) chaired by the Department of Homeland Security.
A. The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities:
The Department of Homeland Security maintains a disability preparedness web site that provides practical information on how people with and without disabilities can prepare for an emergency. It also provides information for family members of, and service providers to, people with disabilities. In addition, this site includes information for emergency planners and first responders to help them to better prepare for serving persons with disabilities. The site can be accessed at:
In July 2005, the ICC disseminated Emergency Preparedness NOW, the first issue of its new quarterly newsletter. This newsletter publicizes the activities of the Interagency Coordinating Council, presents effective emergency preparedness practices, and spotlights individuals who make a positive impact on emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities. To access the online posting of this newsletter, visit:
D. The Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) Receives DHS Emergency Preparedness Grant
On September 29th 2004, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it had awarded a 1.5 million dollar grant to a consortium of organizations that serve people who are deaf, late-deafened, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind. The consortium is led by Maryland-based Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI), and includes organizations in Virginia, Massachusetts, California and South Dakota. Together these organizations plan to develop model emergency preparedness community education programs for their consumers throughout the United States. The name of the project is CEPIN (Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network). Further information regarding this project can be obtained at:
To contact the Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities:
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